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April 14, 2011

National Day of Prayer Ruling Overturned

A federal appeals court today ruled 3-0 that dismisses a lawsuit against the National Day of Prayer. The decision overturns last year's ruling by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb that ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Freedom From Religion Foundation did not have standing to bring the lawsuit against President Obama. "But unless all limits on standing are to be abandoned, a feeling of alienation cannot suffice as injury in fact," the court said in its opinion.

President Truman signed into law in 1952 a Congressional resolution establishing a National Day of Prayer. The Justice Department had appealed Judge Crabb's decision.


Comments

These militant liberals and atheists, they just can't leave people alone, can they? Belief in God and the calm assurance of the Christian faith must make them so unbearably miserable that they have to spend all their time trying to ruin believers' lives for being spiritual in the public square. Will they ever learn?

If we want to pray, we can pray whenever we want. We don't need a government to sanction it, support it, set a day aside for it, or any such thing. This preoccupation with the National Day of Prayer (on the part of Christians and non-Christians) strikes me as ridiculous.

First of all, the law creating the National Day of Prayer states "the people of the United States MAY turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals." The law neither requires anything of the people nor does it establish a religion of any kind. People MAY pray to their god, their President, their scientists, their neighbor, their favorite pet, etc., or they may simply ignore it which I believe has been done successfully for some 58 years so far! The preoccupation with the day has to do with these groups belief that a "separation of church and state" actually exists - it doesn't. It's a term that's been used by those that simply can't read the constitution where it states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion". It doesn't mean that religion can't exist within government, just that government can't make a law preferring one over the other or religion over non-religion and vice-versa.

The fool has said in his heart, "God does not exist." If this is true, why all the fuss about a day of prayer. We are all just one breath away from death. Then the truth will be clear: God or no God. Do you care?